John McCarthy sets outto discoverthe meaning of home. 2: The Ideal Home. McCarthy looks at the mixture of public and private, material and spiritual ingredients that can turn a house into a home, and hears why David Frost and Loyd Grossman are happy to let cameras peep through any celebrity keyholes except their own. Producer Roger Childs. Repeated at 9.30pm
By Richard Hillary. Jamie Glover reads from one of the classics of the Second World Warwritten by a Battle of Britain fighter pilot who was shot down in a Spitfire overthe North Sea. Abridged in five parts by Doreen Estall. Producer Jules Wilkinson
With Dr Pauline Webb. 0 Jesus, I Have Promised (Thornbury); John 12, w24-26; Here I Am/Make Me a Servant (Bowater/Willard); How Beautiful
Are the Feet (Handel). With the Bryant Ensemble. Director of music Mark Bryant.
Alan Taylor investigates the key figures behind our passion for consuming. 3: Ernest Dichter.
Demonised by his enemies in fifties America, the founding father of motivational research is credited with using his Freudian training to discover what consumers really want. Producer Mike Lloyd
A comedy series by Anthony Crouch, dramatised by Christopher Scott. Hollywood comes to Dudley Hewitson's ancestral home to film a cricket match but there is drama on and off the pitch. Director Sue Wilson
Robert Robinson chairs the general knowledge contest, including Beat the Brains, in which listeners put their own questions to contestants. First round - London and the South of England. Producer Richard Edis. Repeated Saturday llpm
A new production of Alan Bennett's acclaimed satirical comedy. The retiring headmaster of Albion House is outraged by the school's traditional end-of-year play, which is being produced by his successor. The headmaster can only see his own beloved standards being mocked. Yet within the parody lies painful nostalgia for a more peaceful, vanished age.
Choirboys Dominic Conte and Luke Eastman. Music by Colin Sell, performed by members of the East 15 Acting School.
See also Father! Father! Burning Bright tonight at 10.45pm and Talking Head on Thursday 11.30am FM
His master's voice - a feature by Sue Gaisford : page 29
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First of two programmes looking at a pivotal day in people's lives- retirement day. 1: The Fireman Mick Tamplin loved being a fireman. He won the Queen's Medal for Gallantry for rescuing some children from a blazing house. He always knew he would have to retire at 55 but illness has forced him to leave even earlier. Afuture as a florist looks less appealing. Producer Brian King
The Greatest Stories Never Told. In a special edition Mark Lawson talks to writers including
Martin Amis and Christopher Hampton about the works which famous authors sketched out, tried to write, failed to complete orwhich have subsequently been created in their name by Others. Producer Robyn Read
A ten-part drama charting the career of real-life police detective Carol Bristow. Written by Sarah Woods with Carol Bristow.
Carol trains as the first armed woman in the Flying Squad.
(Repeated from 10.45am)
Betty/Woman in bar:
In the second of two programmes Jenny Cuffe examines the dilemmas involved in providing aid to countries at war and ponders whether help from developed nations can actually fuel misery in developing countries. Producer Sarah Lewthwaite
Julian Pettifer travels to Taipei to explore the growing problem of child obesity in Taiwan. With a fifth of school-age boys now overweight, schools are singling out the heaviest children and giving them three weekly sessions of compulsory exercise. Pettifer investigates the causes of the problem and asks how far doctors can hope for success. Repeated from Thursday
First in a new nine-part series.
House Sparrows. As our most familiar British bird goes into steep decline, Mark Carwardine turns sleuth and investigates the reasons forthe mysterious fall of the house of sparrow. Producer Brett Westwood. Repeated tomorrow 11am
Alan Bennett reads his comic story in five parts. 1: The timing was good, Midgley acknowledged that. Onlyhisfatherwould have managed to make his farewell in the middle of a "meet the parents " week. Abridged and directed by Ned Chaillet (R)
Jonathan Tulloch 's novel, set in Gateshead, is read by Tim Healy in ten parts. 6: Gerry and Sewell's attempts to raise enough money to buy season tickets for Newcastle United are less successful than they had hoped. Abridged and produced by Chris Wallis
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